After graduating from Harvard College in 2012, he worked on his own venture, Hottspot, before coming to Hashrocket. Years of iterating Hottspot not only served as an introductory crash course into the world of entrepreneurship, but it was also the anvil on which he forged his proficiency as a developer.
Working on a consumer facing product also forced Vidal to prioritize performant data retrieval in production contexts. As such, he has become a highly capable PostgreSQL developer who is eager to shave off milliseconds in a given query leveraging some of Postgres' more esoteric syntax like
LATERAL JOINs. Watch him gush over them in his episode of PGCasts, a Hashrocket production.
More recently, Vidal has entered the world of functional and low-level programming by building extensively in Elixir and C++ respectively. His algorithmic trading CLI tool, Hottspot Capital has been a playground to further develop his expertise in these powerful languages. If that isn't enough to convince you that he's ready to take on your large-scale Elixir challenges, he also helped build from scratch TeamSnap's Team Apparel Store, whose API is built in Elixir's Phoenix framework.
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